My name is (also) Emily, but for the purpose of avoiding confusion I’ll refer to myself as Em in my posts. I’m happy to be representing Oklahoma State University’s veterinary school on Destination Doctor and will be glad to answer any of your questions as they come up. I will begin veterinary school as a first year this upcoming August.
A little about me.
I was one of many who knew that they wanted to be a veterinarian from a young age. I was fascinated with animals and the outdoors and was known for domesticating strays and feral kittens in my backyard before re-homing them. I also once, as a ten-year-old, tried to rehabilitate a half-drowned grasshopper that was essentially paralyzed by hand-feeding it blades of grass and droplets of water on leaves. Needless to say, I was a little strange. But I’d probably still try to rehabilitate an insect if you brought one to me, though I do prefer mammals at this point. When I’m not doing veterinary medicine related things, I’m usually spending time with my large family of eight. I’m also an avid reader of fiction, preferably set in the Victorian Era, because who doesn’t love a romantic, 1800s kind of guy and elaborate gowns with giant hoop-skirts and corsets?
See what I mean?
My path to veterinary school.
I hadn’t really seriously considered veterinary school until my freshman year of college. Before then, I had just viewed it as a distant dream. But once college began, I really started to focus on gaining experience (as I started out with zero) and spent a lot of time at a veterinary hospital near my home where I worked, and continue to work with, the greatest mentor in a veterinarian I could have ever hoped for. I probably would not have made it this far without her. So find yourself a good mentor! It’s important. I also have spent many, many hours as a med tech at a kitten rescue which has been an invaluable experience and also a great stress-reliever. Just last week I sat on the floor in one of the rooms and was swarmed by nineteen kittens. Yes, nineteen. If that’s not heaven, I don’t know what is.
These kittens are from another day. I love how the two kittens on top are tapping my head to make sure I’m still alive and wasn’t smothered by their adorable roommates.
I devoted most of my time to academics and took a relatively high course load in order to be on track to enter veterinary school after three years, rather than four. Although skipping senior year is not for everyone, I felt like I had experienced all of undergraduate that I needed to and was ready to move on to bigger and better things, i.e. vet school (and, of course, avoiding an extra year of accumulating more debt).
And so here I am! I’m looking forward to blogging through these crazy four years.